Exemption Health Squads

by Teréza Eliasz-Solomon (HeiressMommy™)

health exemption blogObamacare – The Affordable Health Care Act  has brought out such extremist and bogus vitriolic statements that it is resulting in stomach turning need for medical attention if you are a sensible individual. While not perfect,  this iconic health care reform act creates more and REAL opportunity for each American to have decent and affordable medical insurance access than ever before in this nation’s history. For full disclosure sake, I admit to having assisted in a small way and have proudly displayed here on my blog in previous posts a signed Presidential certificate acknowledging my contribution to passing this legislation. Seems the Supreme Court agreed that it is constitutionally sound and yet we still have Congressional attempts to rescind it and even more troubling to me, are the bogus religious exemptions that non religious businesses are attempting to use in order to not cover birth control. Oh baby ( no pun intended), this is REALLY the proverbial “slippery slope” and trust me that none of us want to slide down that hill.

Lawsuits are being filed by self claimed religious business owners that manufacture wood cabinets and such stating that the ACA mandate to cover contraception [birth control] for their employees interferes with the freedom to practice their faith. The contraceptive mandate is being challenged as a protection of religious freedom and does not in my law school opinion present logical legal argument sufficient enough to be revisited by the judicial system. What next, claims that experimental and radical cancer therapies go against “G-d’s plan“? Lets consider treatment for HIV not being required to cover if you the employer are against homosexuality for religious reasons. These business owners claim their religious beliefs take precedence over President Obama’s Affordable Care Act – nope, not true folks – as long as the law has been deemed constitutional and does not cause one [a citizen] to act in an egregiously illegal amoral fashion, they must adhere to the standard. Now this does not mean I or the government can force a person to use birth control or get cancer treatment but it does absolutely require that you as an employer provide that for those in your hire.

Exemptions for religious organizations – like Catholic universities and charities – already exists; these employers, even of non Catholic people, do not have to provide that which is antithetical to their faith; although personally I am frightened as to where such a precedence can lead in Court challenges – one must give pause for thoughts concerning faiths like sects that belief ONLY in faith healing and no medical treatments. I ask you – would they too be allowed to deny all and any medical coverage to employees? We shall see because I guarantee those lawsuits will be forthcoming – sooner or later. Do not think my ideas are just hyperbole my dear readers – its already out there and being discussed in matters of pre-natal testing and more. The issue of whether a determinant pregnancy test will lead to choosing to end gestation is being suggested as reason for those employers that are anti-choice to opt out of that coverage as well. I could go on and on with examples that will prove exactly how frightening this scenario can become but for now I beg of you to not fall victim to faux pleads of religious freedom where health care is concerned … this great United States of America was founded on and demands REAL separation of Church and State – lets keep it that way, shall we???

P.S. In my year end (2013) memoir, Heiress Mommy … A Modern Super Woman Life! much will be discussed concerning my own in duct situ breast cancer, fertility treatments and more – how those might not have turned out so amazingly well for me (thank G-d) if religious zealots and those posing as such [and I REALLY know poseurs – as those of you who follow me regularly or are personal friends are aware of] had prevailed in similar fashion to what is being proposed at this time in our national dialogue!

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